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Will this alternative to the regular Audi A4 Avant join the Avant in’s The Good 12 v3.0 next December? It seems unlikely, given The Good Car Guy’s propensity for avoiding loftier price tags for the main purpose of styling advances. However, the A4 Allroad is a lifestyle choice that reeks of prestige and, with over seven inches of ground clearance, won’t be an absolute joke when curb crawling.

In addition to the ground clearance increases, Audi has flared the wheelarches, added two-tone paint and a butch roof rack, and designed angular sills that are available in stainless steel. Vehicles like the Audi A6 Allroad, Volvo XC70, and Subaru Outback have proven this category of vehicle to be desirable to thousands. Will the A4 Allroad succeed? Not if the regular A4 Avant’s pricetag has anything to say about it.